Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.


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Ingmar Bergman


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18 August 1999 | stills-6
| Sometimes a deadpan comedy, sometimes a dark introspective epic
Sardonic morality story about four couples who represent the different aspects of love. Sometimes a deadpan comedy, sometimes a dark introspective epic. I loved the scenes between the Count and Fredrik, showing off the different faces of arrogance. In some places it can get overly melodramatic - the orchestra hits, for example, no longer have the same meaning.

The visual metaphors are the most subtle, and most interesting, that I have ever seen (many are laughably overt and cleverly overshadow the more subtle ones). If you don't speak Swedish and have to read subtitles, try as much as you can to read the faces of the women as they speak, especially Charlotte and Desiree as they try and overcome their phallic universe.

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